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Manufacturer: Trilogy (View all products by Trilogy)

Model: Talisman (View all Talisman reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: Acquired from dealer- purchased because this is the only cross-country/jumping saddle I could find that allowed close contact and fit my "hard to fit" horse. Wanted a saddle that would go from the show ring to cross-country to trail- had to be durable and comfortable for myself and my horse. I found the twist in this saddle to be just right- not too wide nor too narrow- the seat shape does not pitch you forward or promote a chair seat.

Likes: The saddle has supple, grippy leather that is also durable. The styling is very appealing as well. Like the blocks that can be interchanged at will, or removed entirely. The saddle allows very close contact- no bulky feeling. The seat is padded nicely for the rider without feeling like you are on a marshmallow. The flocking is soft, with front gussets to allow flexibility in fit for the horse. The balance is incredible- only saddle I feel secure and comfortable enough to work without stirrups

Dislikes: Nothing- seems a tad heavier perhaps- but this would lend to the durability (think Stubben only durability with County/Black Country comfort) Seriously, well thought out saddle with high quality to boot. I've owned the brands mentioned- this one definitely trumps them in quality.

Quality: Top of the line. No complaints after several months of riding. I am not one to clean my saddle- maybe once a year- haven't cleaned this one yet- this saddle can take it. The Elite leather is fabulous- strong yet supple, not slippery- a low maintenance saddle. Only saddle that fit my horse and didn't slide forward or bounce around.

Summary: I would recommend this saddle to anyone who needs versatility for the rider and for the fit of the horse. The quality and service is superior. The saddle rides beautifully, amazing balance for jumping and flatwork. Plus it doesn't look like a postage stamp on my large barreled horse!

Rating: 5

Author: Convert

Date: 2011-03-09

Usefulness Rating: 4 out of 5.
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